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The 10 safest film locations in Ethiopia based on political stability and weather conditions.

  1. Addis Ababa 

Addis Ababa is the capital city of Ethiopia and the African Union and is located in the foothills of the Entoto Mountains. This historically significant city is one of Africa’s most fascinating and beautiful cities. The city is home to the Ethiopian National Library, the Ethiopian Ethnological Museum (and former palace), the Addis Ababa Museum, the Ethiopian Natural History Museum, the Ethiopian Railway Museum, and the National Postal Museum. An open-air market known as the Mercato, on the western side of the city, is the largest market in Africa. Traders sell leather, metal and textile goods manufactured locally and coffee, tobacco, and dairy locally from the regional agricultural sector.

  1. The Omo Valley

It is situated in southwestern Ethiopia, approximately 326 kms away from Addis Ababa. The valley is known for its bull jumping ceremony, the donga ceremony,

the lip-plated women of the Mursi tribe, the many local markets – Kako, Mon, Ari, and  Banna, to name a few, South Omo Museum, the Mago and Omo National Parks and the painted forests.

  1. Arba Minch 

Located in the Gamo Gofa Zone of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples Region about 500 kilometers south of Addis Ababa. With only 40,000 people, this young city is still the largest in southern Ethiopia. Considered the gateway to the rural riches of the south, Arba Minch, Ethiopia is one of the few commercial centers in a region known for traditional lifestyles and wildlife.

  1. Bale Mountains National Park 

The Bale Mountains National Park (BMNP) is a protected area of ​​approximately 2,200 km2 and is located 400 km southeast of Addis Ababa in Oromia National Regional State in south-eastern Ethiopia . It belongs to the Bale-Arsi massif, which forms the western section of the south-eastern Ethiopian highlands.

  1.  Harar

Harar is said to be the fourth holiest city of Islam with 82 mosques, three of which date from the 10th century, and 102 shrines. The townhouses with their exceptional interior design constitute the most spectacular part of Harar’s cultural heritage.

  1. Jinka 

Jinka is a market town in southern Ethiopia. Located in the hills north of the Tama Plains, this town is the capital of the Debub Omo Zone of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples Region.

  1. Turmi (Hammer Tribe)

Turmi is home to the Hamer tribe of the South Omo Valley. It is a typical Ethiopian village with gravel roads and informal stores.The top attraction in Turmi is the Dasenech Village 

  1. Konso Village (Konso New York City)

The village of Konso huts are very compact and built of wood and mud. The Konso people maintain a unique tradition of erecting generation marking stones, called daga-hela, which are quarried and transported through a ritual process. In addition, they are known for their waga sculptures, statues that memorialize deceased members of the community.

  1. Tiya Stelae

Tiya is an archaeological site in central Ethiopia. It is located in the Soddo Woreda, in the Gurage Zone of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples Region south of Addis Ababa. It is best known for its archaeological site, its large stone pillars, many of which bear some form of decoration.

  1. Hawassa

Hawassa is situated on the shores of Lake Awassa in the Great Rift Valley , 273 km south of Addis. Hawassa Lake is home to wild hippos. On the lake is a park that is full of giant birds, cows, sheep, goats, and lots of different monkeys. This is also the place to start your boat trip and it is right next to the entrance of the fish market where you can see how they catch the fish in the lake from the shore, how they clean the caught fish and you can eat freshly caught fish at different local tents.